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Monday, April 25, 2011

God Is An Astronaut - All Is Violent All Is Bright

In case you all were wondering, I can still pick up on some crazy music on my own from time to time. I still prefer getting the wacky, random suggestions out of the box - but I have a few sources on how to nab music that the casual music fan hasn't even dreamed of. One of those bands is God Is An Astronaut. These guys are an instrumental rock band from Wicklow, Ireland. Not exactly your Dropkick Murpheys kind of rock either. Very progressive, modern, post-rock kind of rock. Their name came based on a famous quote from the movie 'Nightbreed'. The quote is, "Everything is true. God's an Astronaut. Oz is Over the Rainbow, and Midian is where the monsters live." I can't say I ever saw the movie, but based on IMDB's view of it, I probably never will. These guys have seen a fair amount of play on MTV UK and other MTV based networks overseas. This was the band's second studio album, that produced one major single that saw solid airplay on the big MTV show over there called 'The Comedown'. I believe they are now signed to a larger label, and not producing albums on a record label owned by the band. But I'm not 100% certain on that. Check that, they are still releasing on their own private label. Just had to read more. Apparently their live performances are quite solid, and include a large light show. Don't expect a US tour anytime soon, as they tried it once in 2008 - and had 20,000 dollars worth of equipment stolen from their van in New Jersey. They were already touring on their own dime, and this doubled the cost of the tour. I know it's instrumental which won't be everyone's bag - but this is really good. The music is very captivating and has some sort of quality surrounding it I'm frankly not used to. There are a couple tracks worth standing on their own - but listen to the whole won't regret it.

1. Fragile
2. All Is Violent, All Is Bright
3. Forever Lost
4. Fire Flies and Empty Skies
5. Deafening Distance, A
6. Infinite Horizons
7. Suicide by Star
8. Remembrance Day
9. Dust and Echoes
10. When Everything Dies/Halo of Flies
11. Disturbance

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Remembrance Day
2. Fragile
3. Infinite Horizons

4 out of 5 stars

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